Project update: Civic Reserve Mornington well on track

Published on 23 October 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne, Briars Ward Councillors Bev Colomb and Sam Hearn, joined the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders and Minister for Health and Mr Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley at Civic Reserve to review the progress of works to construct a new athletics track and four soccer pitches at the Mornington facility.

Also in attendance were representatives from Mount Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Centre, and Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club, which will call the reserve home in 2019.

The new and improved reserve will better meet the needs of local sporting groups, especially Mount Martha Soccer Club, which will relocate its 400 plus members to a new home ground at Civic Reserve once works are complete.

Works will also include:

  • A 400-metre all-weather athletics track;
  • Four senior-size soccer pitches;
  • Location for a future pavilion;
  • Irrigation supply infrastructure;
  • Lighting for the soccer pitches;
  • 96 additional asphalt car parking spaces to the 147 spaces currently being constructed;
  • A pathway network to all facilities and adjacent residential areas;
  • A stormwater basin;
  • Landscaping and buffer planting; and
  • Electrical upgrades to the reserve.

 The $6.25 million project is being supported through a $3 million federal government Community Development Grant, with Council contributing an additional $3.25 million towards the project.

These works will be carried out as part of Council’s Civic Reserve Master Plan which requires facilities to meet current and future needs of the community and sporting clubs.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the vision for Civic Reserve is to provide new athletics and soccer facilities that, once implemented, will improve the appearance, safety and amenity of Civic Reserve.

“The construction of an all-weather athletics track will provide opportunity for Mornington Athletics Club and Mornington Little Athletics Club to train and compete at an international standard facility.

“The Mount Martha Soccer Club has grown significantly over the last few years and now has over 400 players! The construction of four soccer pitches will provide a safe and suitable home facility for Mount Martha Soccer Club”.

Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said “we are constantly looking for ways to improve the Shire’s sporting facilities to ensure they are meeting the needs and requirements of its users. I look forward to seeing the local community enjoying the new athletics track and soccer fields once completed”. 

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “it will be great to see this reserve revamped to improve its overall quality and conditions for its users. These new facilities will help local sports groups attract new members and improve their overall experience of Civic Reserve”. 

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “this will support athletics and soccer in the Briars ward area and beyond. The addition of this track and these fields means more of our community can enjoy participating in sport. I’d also like to thank the members of the clubs associated with this project and the federal government as it’s been a terrific team effort”.

Works are due to be completed by May 2019.

To stay up to date with this project visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/majorprojects.

PICTURE CAPTION: Mayor Bryan Payne, Briars Ward Councillors Bev Colomb and Sam Hearn, Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders and Minister for Health and Mr Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley joined by representatives from Mount Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Centre, and Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club at Civic Reserve to review the progress of works.